Module code: MUSM074

Module Overview

This module is one of six project-based learning modules within the Music degree programme. Project-based modules focus on learning in the context of musical practice, based on a professional model of project implementation to realise concerts, compositions and arrangements, conference events, recordings and publications. Project modules will develop a coordinated and managed group activity based on the project theme, normally a large-scale performance or musical outcome, a music creation project with associated conference/performance/material outcomes and documentation. This module is a cross-year, group project in which students can pursue their own specialism by agreement with the module convener, in the context of a large, coordinated group enterprise.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

ARMSTRONG Thomas (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 18

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 8

Seminar Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Two project module themes will be available in each academic year, each theme will only occur once for each student cohort. Themes have included and will be drawn from:

Live! – a large-scale popular music performance project featuring student performers, coordinators, sound and lighting technicians, composers and arrangers.

Experimental Music – research, creation and performance of 20th Experimental Music repertoire. Orchestration and arrangement – investigations and realisations of orchestration and arrangement techniques in a wide range of musical genres.

Dido and Aeneas – contextual and analytical study of Purcell’s opera, including a performance and the creation of new works based on associated themes.

In C and Process Music – investigations of Musical Minimalism, from 20th to the present.

The Music of John Zorn – research in the practice and context of John Zorn’s work and the realization of his works for a range of ensembles.

Soundscape and Sound installation – practical investigations of contemporary sound art practice, including held recording and study of contemporary sound based works.

Frank Zappa – an investigation of Zappa’s legacy and performance of works for a variety of ensembles.

Historically Informed Performance Practice – study and presentation of historically informed performances of pre-20th repertoire.

Other project themes may be offered.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment FINAL ASSESSMENT - THREE COMPONENTS 80

Alternative Assessment

Assessment replaced with written coursework of 3000 words

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and to develop knowledge and understanding related to the project theme and to the implementation of large-scale, collaborative music outcomes. The strategy is designed to accommodate a personal assessment profile and their ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Individual assessment weighting profiles will be agreed up to one week before the final project outcome. Weightings may range from 0-100% for each of the following assessment options:

Performance specialism
Composition/arrangement specialism
Discursive written specialism
Management and coordination specialism

Thus, the summative assessmentfor this module consists of:

  • Assessment (80%) of composition, performance, written discursive work or managerial contributions to the project, weighted in line with individual student assessment profile, agreed with the each student. (Addresses learning outcomes 3, 4, 6)

  • Project Report (10%) A written report featuring critical commentary and self-assessment of student activities within the project, their function and support for group work including an explanation of the approaches and strategies developed to deliver project tasks. (Addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 7)

  • Peer-assessment, (10%) relating to collaborative group work and effective delivery of responsibilities throughout the project. (Addresses learning outcomes 5, 7)

Formative assessment



Detailed written feedback will be provided within three weeks of the assignment submission.

Verbal formative feedback will be given throughout the project during workshops and seminars.

Module aims

  • Critically engage with and apply group working practices

  • Implement music project development in a professional context
  • Facilitate composition, scholarship and performance
  • Present a large-scale event or similar music outcome
  • Enable scholarly study based on an annual theme
  • Critically engage with an understanding of the relationships between theory and practice in music

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply appropriate management and coordinate group working in Music PT
002 Critically engage with and apply specialised knowledge of composition or performance or event implementation skills related to the annual theme CKT
003 Establish appropriate group working and group assessment strategies for musical creation PT
004 Show leadership in the practical and technical requirement of staging a large-scale musical event KPT
005 Be a competent and effective team-member PT
006 Gather, synthesise and rekect critically on work in progress CT
007 Realise independent and group work PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop knowledge and experience in the realisation and coordination of a large-scale musical outcome. This will include the acquisition of detailed musical knowledge relating to the annual topic, and of the practical and managerial concerns required to implement a large-scale project. The mixed learning and teaching strategies allow students to draw on their own specialist interests within the held, and to collaborate with fellow students to identify and apply collective skills to best effect. The strategy will also introduce

C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
techniques and styles of academic writing, analysis or composition including correct procedures for citation, research and event implementation which will be critical to student success in FHEQ level 7
The learning and teaching methods include:
Group work Workshops Student-led seminars

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Conducting) MMus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Performance) MMus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Composition) MMus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.